University must clarify admissions - councillor

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A Derry city councillor has called on the university of Ulster to clarify if students have been accepted or not.

Sinn Fein’s Patricia Logue’s comment follows the revelation that more than 400 students were told via e-mail that they were getting a place at the university only to have the offers withdrawn hours later.

“Not only has this caused immense disappointment amongst the students but also created uncertainty and confusion as to who is actually going to be offered a place at the university.

“The University of Ulster needs to clarify to the students immediately at to which offer is genuine and make sure this will not be allowed to happen again,”she says.

The north’s Minster for Employment and learning Dr Stephen Farry says the issue is a matter of “huge concern and considerable distress for many young people and their families.”

“I have spoken to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ulster, Richard Barnett, to express my concerns and to discuss how the problem can be most effectively addressed.

“I have also commissioned an urgent report from my own officials and will continue to monitor this situation closely.

“My Department will do all we can to assist; however we need UU to clearly establish the precise extent of the problem and how they intend to address it and, after that, to ensure that a similar incident will not happen again.

“I have been given an assurance that all of those affected will be contacted directly by the University.

“No inaccurate communication has been made through the UCAS system and applicants should continue to monitor their status on this system until they receive a final decision.”